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10 Cycling Myths Debunked

The bicycle revolution began in the late 1880’s, giving riders another useful form of transportation. People of all walks of life were able to ride across town or even venture throughout the countryside with ease. In fact, Susan B. Anthony was noted as referring to cycles as a woman’s “freedom machine.” Of course, like many things, the popularity of …

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From Tree To Table, The Amazing Uses of Maple Syrup

A while ago, we started maple syruping.  It was our first time, and we collected sap in milk jugs. We boiled down sap on the kitchen stove, and marveled over just how delicious maple syrup is.  Over the years, we found more efficient and productive ways to make syrup.  As we began to make more …

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Early Spring Garden Care

By Laura Schwarz Winter is over! We did it! If we wake up to a blizzard tomorrow, you’ll have to forgive my arrogant optimism. I, like many other Minnesotans, have already been hopeful. I’ve purchased my inaugural bag of potting soil, sharpened my pruners, and started hauling away this past winter’s evergreen branches. And of …

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Spring Planting For Winter Interest

By Laura Schwarz It’s almost spring, and most Minnesotan gardeners are eager to get back to work. While we wait for warmer weather, we can still enjoy our yards. “Winter gardening” might seem like a foreign concept for Minnesotans, but realistically, we have countless options for making our winter landscapes interesting and beautiful. March is a perfect time to think about what …

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